The distributed nature of modern networks, combined with the increased focus on applications and business data, makes network security less about locking down a network perimeter and more about controlling user access and behavior and ensuring data safety in a dynamic and mobile environment. Network access control (NAC) is being promoted as the model to which enterprises should aspire, but few are taking the plunge to a full NAC implementation. This ebook chapter discusses intermediate steps you can take toward NAC now and explore alternative best-of-breed approaches. It also examines how to simplify your security architecture with all-in-one and integrated products that offer heightened levels of traffic control and looks at new technologies that consolidate network and security management for optimum network/security traffic analysis.
- Network access control
- Endpoint security
- SSL VPNs
- Application firewalls
- Unified threat management
- Security-enabled network hardware
- Monitoring controls for network security and performance